Tapping on bass or guitar just seems to get more popular. This is with good reason. Not only the speed factor which is obvious, but the fact that you play scales with harmonies fluently. You can play notes that are further apart . For instance you can play part of your line on the 3rd fret and the other part on the 12th fret. The possibilities are endless and every day I see new ideas that bassists come up with that are intriguing and sound great!

So we have all these great bassists playing and inventing great music with the tapping…it is just not enough. Now to try and find new sounds, and exploring ways to combine some of the other popular techniques like slapping, chords, and harmonics, we are at another level.

All of this is very exciting to some of us who have been around for a while. For the new generation of bassists, it is another story.. In order to stand out and get the attention of the general public, now is a greater challenge to say least..

This is a two octave major scale lesson taught by Dale from danabgoods. It is in the key of G and I would say this is the easy side of intermediate. In my opinion a very important lesson. The reason I think this is very important is because as Dale points out on this, this type of exercise can help out on improvisation. A lot of tapping I see is focused on fast repetitive licks. These are fun to play and listen to but usage is limited. Learning to play a scale can be used in a number of ways. For instance, you can improvise using the scale, add your repetitive lick to the scale, compose new material with the scale. Use the concept of the scale fingering to figure out other scales and more I have not thought of or mentioned.

This next video is an advanced Bass lick from Stuart Hamn’s tune “Sexually Active”. The lick is taught by Talking Bass’s Mark J Smith. Now I have tell you,
Mark is a great teacher.. However, I would like to add a thought to this lesson. The fact is that it is only two notes played in a sequence that when played fast,
it sounds like many more notes. So you might think. How difficult can a lick with only two notes be?

The answer to this question is…how much facility do you have playing this style? If you have very little experience. well….It will be tough.
So Mark will tell you in this video that after a couple of years of him playing this lick, he realized how simple it was…get the point?

A simple fast triad chord lick in the style if Eddie Van Halen’s tune from the “Eruption”. This is taught by the host of Talking Bass Mark J. Smith.